John McDermott (Gaelic footballer)

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John McDermott
Personal information
Irish name Seán Mac Diarmada
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born Curraha, Meath
Years Club
Years County
1991-2001 Meath
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 4
All-Irelands 2
All Stars 3

John McDermott is a former inter-county Gaelic footballer for Meath. He enjoyed much success playing inter-county football in the 1990s on the Meath teams managed by Sean Boylan. For Meath he played in the midfield position.

Playing career[edit]


McDermott played club football first for Curraha and later Skryne.


McDermott was on the Meath panel that reached the 1991 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. He had to be taken off injured in Meath's surprising first round loss to Laois in 1992. Then he was wild lucky not to be sent off in the 1996 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[1]

During his playing career he won two All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals (1996, 1999), as well as three Leinster Senior Football Championship medals and one National Football League medal. He also won 2 All Star awards. He retired after the 2000 season but returned for the All-Ireland series of the 2001 season.

International rules[edit]

As well as playing for Meath, McDermott played in some of the Test matches against Australia in some of the International Rules Series. He was made the captain of the Irish team in 1998 and 1999.


  1. ^ Keys, Colm (8 August 2009). "Thirteen years after infamous Mayo-Meath melee the shockwaves have not yet settled". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 August 2009. My biggest regret was that I should have sent off four, two from each side. And Meath's John McDermott would have been one of them," he recalled. "When it all settled down my gut instinct was to send off McDermott with McHale. I had my mind made up on that. 

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